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Keith Urban: 'Vocal chord surgery recovery was tough'

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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

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Keith Urban has admitted that his recovery from vocal chord surgery has been difficult.

The 'Somebody Like You' singer was ordered by his doctors not to speak after having a polyp removed from his vocal chords in November.

In an interview with Access Hollywood Live, Urban said it was an incredible challenge to stay silent for weeks.

He explained: "I had this operated on and you have to [go] three weeks [with] no talking, no uttering a sound, and you can't cry, you can't sneeze, you can't cough, you can't clear your throat.

"It was a strange three weeks, but I had a dream one night - it was the strangest thing 'cause I thought, 'What's my voice gonna sound like when I hear it the first time again?'"

Urban went on to say that it was especially difficult to communicate to his wife Nicole Kidman without uttering a single word.

"Not being able to talk for three weeks, that's a long time. If you have to engage in some sort of heated discussion, the other person can talk and I just have to write," the star said.

He added: "[My 3-year-old daughter Sunday] can't read, so I had that issue too… Mum had to communicate."

Urban was also forced to cancel a series of concerts as well as an appearance at the All for the Hall benefit concert in order to fully recover.

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